Samuel V. Schoonmaker III will probably be best remembered in Connecticut legal circles as a pioneering advocate of no-fault divorce. But those who knew him well say he was much more.
Too many times in recent years, the Connecticut Attorney General's Office has been notified that consumers' personal information may have fallen into the wrong hands. Retailer Target may be the most highly publicized example.
In his more than two decades as a Superior Court judge, Clarence Jones was most affected by the juvenile cases he presided over—claims of child abuse and neglect, mental illness and breakdowns in the state's system of social services.
Every month or so we hear something about a crime lab or forensic examiner who compromised a case by lying, stealing, misrepresenting credentials or worse. And then there are cases when these experts just get it wrong.
Lawyers say it happens more often than one would think—a binding arbitration ruling is challenged in hopes that a trial judge overturns it.
The Law Tribune is seeking nominees for its first ever Professional Excellence Awards.
Since 1970, marijuana has been listed as a Schedule I drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act, together with such highly addictive and potentially fatal drugs as heroin and ecstasy.
An East Hartford family that was spied on while showering at Hammonasset Beach State Park in 2011 by two former park employees has been granted permission to sue Connecticut for negligence.
Tax Day 2015 was not a good day in the ongoing saga of the Anthem data breach.
The expansion of generic top level domains (gTLDs) continues at a frantic pace. With the release of new gTLDs, trademark owners must continuously assess their brand protection strategies vis-à-vis the acquisition of new domain names.
State employee union leaders and Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen say they have reached a settlement in a long-running lawsuit filed after former Gov. John G. Rowland laid off thousands of workers during a 2003 labor contract dispute.
After much debate, the state Supreme Court has ruled that family members may bring claims for emotional distress in medical malpractice cases after witnessing a loved one die or be severely injured. So why then are plaintiffs lawyers unhappy?
A man who already had back problems and then hurt his neck in a rear-end collision on busy Interstate 95 was recently awarded nearly $185,000 by an arbitrator.
I missed Bruce Jenner's interview with Diane Sawyer the other night, and, try as I might, I just can't seem to muster the will to go back and watch it. That the former Olympian regards himself as a woman is, no doubt, a highly significant struggle for him. But I am tone-deaf to its social significance.
A man who suffered a permanent brain injury following a motorcycle accident has recovered $3.5 million in a settlement with a company contracted to repair the Berlin Turnpike.
Two former partners at small firms have joined larger practices. Francis Lieto was founding partner of Fairfield's Lieto & Greenberg, whose practice will be absorbed by Goldman Gruder & Woods. And former state Rep. David J. Wenc has given up his solo practice to join Bloomfield's Baram, Tapper & Gans.
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a Connecticut father who said a baseball Little League demoted his 9-year-old son to a lower-level team because of the father's plans to build affordable housing next to a former league official's home.
Federal law allows a restaurant to force its servers to relinquish their tips, including to management itself. The restaurant just has to pay its servers the full minimum wage, rather than the lower service wage.
When Superior Court Judge Stephen Frazzini decided last November to bar publication of a Law Tribune article about a child custody case, he wrote that the privacy rights of children in juvenile court were "a governmental interest of the highest order."
On March 20, 2014, state child welfare officials took three young children from the Simsbury home of two attorneys who were in the midst of a bitter divorce.
A veteran federal prosecutor in Connecticut has been named the state's newest federal bankruptcy judge. Ann Nevins, who also spent time as a private practice bankruptcy attorney, succeeds Albert Dabrowski, who retired after 22 years on the bench.
The U.S. Supreme Court recently held that when a plaintiff makes a claim under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act that an employer has failed to provide an accommodation for a pregnant employee that the employer provides for employees needing similar accommodation for non-pregnancy-related reasons, the burden shifts to the employer to show that it has a "legitimate, nondiscriminatory" reason for distinguishing between the two situations.
Employers that have "the goods" on employees who have committed workplace theft may think they are in the driver's seat. That may very well be, but we would admonish them not to drive that car too fast.
Those interested in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, take note: On March 30, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Montanile v. Board of Trustees, which presents an important question that has deeply divided the circuits.
The best way for lawyers to help their employer clients to avoid these problems is to familiarize them with the widely misunderstood and unknown obligations of the wage payment laws and help them structure a compliant compensation system.
Over the past several years, the National Labor Relations Board has been aggressively enforcing the National Labor Relations Act as it applies to employers' social media policies as cyberspace has emerged as a forum for employees to discuss workplace conditions.
Summer is fast approaching, and that means interns and volunteers will proliferate in the workplace. While many employers have the best of intentions when using interns and volunteers, liability abounds.
On March 18, the National Labor Relations Board's general counsel, Richard F. Griffin Jr., issued Memorandum GC 15-04, seeking to clarify what types of employer policies and rules are considered lawful and which are likely to interfere unlawfully with employees' rights under the National Labor Relations Act.
Clerks and other employees of Connecticut's Probate Court system feel they are poorly treated compared to other state workers, and so the probate staffers are pushing for legislation that would allow them to unionize.
When Steven J. Moore and some other partners in the Stamford office of Kelley Drye & Warren wanted to make a move, Moore called a former classmate from the University of Connecticut School of Law. The classmate, Louis R. Piscatelli, happens to be a Connecticut-based regional senior partner at Withers Bergman, a London-headquartered firm known for its trust and estate planning, tax work and other legal services for high net-worth individuals.
The state Supreme Court has ordered a new civil trial in the case of a man who was killed by a flying log at a state Department of Transportation work site.
In an issue of first impression, the state Supreme Court will decide whether commercial general liability (CGL) insurance covers certain data breaches in the wake of IBM's loss of employment data for 500,000 past and present employees.
There has been much recent uproar over state efforts to enact state Religious Freedom Restoration acts (RFRA).
A New Haven woman has reached a $55,000 settlement in a federal civil rights lawsuit brought against the town of East Haven and eight police officers. The American Civil Liberties Union and East Haven announced the settlement on April 22.
Timothy Fisher, the dean of the University of Connecticut School of Law, owes his reputation as a private practice attorney in about equal measure to his work for the rich and powerful and the poor and forgotten.
I wasn't under any illusions about what the sentence would be. My client was convicted of shooting a man in a drive-by shooting, killing him almost instantly. There were other charges pending, charges involving other shootings. The maximum sentence for murder was 60 years. We expected the full monty.
A dentist accused of participating in a multimillion-dollar Medicaid fraud scheme has reached a $2.1 million civil settlement with the state of Connecticut.
A former Norwalk City Council president is the lead attorney in the new Connecticut office of a nationwide litigation firm.
A Connecticut city where police officers and dispatchers were accused of negligence and ethnic discrimination in their response to what became a murder-suicide in 2010 has agreed to settle a lawsuit by the victim's family for $3 million.
I had the recent pleasure of doing an in-service training for a state agency. When my daughter learned that I would be speaking on social media, she emailed me (because I don't tweet, snap, vine or text) and asked what I knew about this stuff that qualified me to be giving such a talk.
For more than 30 years, Robert Killian served as the lone judge for all probate matters in Hartford.
A federal judge in Connecticut has given his final approval to a $140 million national settlement in a dispute that has been pending since 2001 between the trustees of five employer-sponsored 401(k) plans and Nationwide Life Insurance.
Former Republican Gov. John G. Rowland's lawyer has outlined an appeal strategy over his client's conviction in a political consulting scheme, arguing that prosecutors failed to disclose information that would have been helpful to the defense.
Kenneth Ireland spent 21 years behind bars for a rape and murder he did not commit. Miguel Roman served 20 years in prison for a murder that DNA evidence now shows was committed by another man who has since been convicted.
Howard Jacobs represented all types: jilted spouses, people accused of violent felonies and routine misdemeanors; rock stars with behavioral issues.
On March 6, the federal Food and Drug Administration licensed the first-ever U.S. biosimilar drug, Sandoz's Zarxio, a version of Amgen's Neupogen (filgrastim). Less than two weeks later, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California denied Amgen's motion for a preliminary injunction against Sandoz's Zarxio launch, removing the final barrier to consumers being able to obtain the drug.
Disputes between trademark owners and domain registrants often turn on ownership of a distinctive trademark. A recent U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit decision demonstrates how important federal trademark registrations are in establishing rights in these contests.
Singer-songwriters Robin Thicke, Clifford "T.I." Harris and Pharrell Williams' song "Blurred Lines" was released in 2013 and quickly climbed the charts to become the longest-running No 1 single of 2013. Unfortunately for Thicke and Williams, their success hit a sour note when the estate of legendary rhythm and blues artist Marvin Gaye received a $7.4 million jury verdict for copyright infringement.
Recent media attention has brought the term "patent troll" out of the obscure patent attorney lexicon and into the public realm of discussion. The increased debate surrounding the so-called abusive practices of patent trolls has inspired Congress to twice consider legislative reform.
A case decided in March in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts addresses several important issues concerning the ways in which copyright law and contract law interact on the Internet. The case is Small Justice Ventures v. Xcentric Ventures, Civil Action No. 13-cv-11701 (D. Mass. Mar. 27, 2015).
For several years, there have been rumblings that Congress will be passing patent litigation reform. The proposed reforms have primarily been directed at addressing complaints about so-called "patent trolls" that misuse "bad patents" by bringing resulting vexatious and costly litigation that leave companies with a choice between paying to defend the lawsuit and paying a settlement to end the litigation.
There is a deep and undeniable divide between the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit which has persisted for nearly a decade. The frequency with which the Supreme Court overturns Federal Circuit patent law precedent that seeks to treat patent law as "special" or to erect rigid tests in spite of a patent statute's flexible language has increased exponentially in recent years.
Litigation over a flopped real estate development project in Greenwich has led to a $1.33 million jury verdict in Stamford.
As the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev trial enters the penalty phase, several interesting issues regarding the government's attempt to impose the death penalty, and Tsarnaev's apparent attempt to avoid it, are presented.
A former Mohegan Sun Casino employee lost her employment discrimination case in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit earlier the month.
Michael S. Goldberg spent his days selling medical equipment. But he promised potential investors he had a hookup through a college fraternity brother to purchase foreclosed assets from Chase Manhattan Bank.
We have a national excessive use of force problem in our law enforcement community. The onslaught of examples in the last nine months has moved this issue to the forefront.
Attorney General George Jepsen is warning Connecticut legislative leaders that a bill allowing the state's two federally recognized tribes to open jointly operated casinos could face legal challenges from other gambling entities who claim the legislation is unconstitutional.
That awkwardly worded message in your email inbox warning of an upcoming court date is probably bogus.
The Supreme Court will consider whether a person can be convicted of attempted robbery if they use violence in an attempt to regain their own money or other possessions.
At nearly 170 pages in length and consisting of a majority opinion, one concurrence and two dissents, the Connecticut Supreme Court's recent and momentous 6-2 decision in Lapointe v. Commissioner of Correction will be praised by many for correcting a gross miscarriage of justice that had resulted in the imprisonment of a mentally impaired person for 26 years for a crime he likely did not commit.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut has promoted its longtime staff attorney to the post of legislative and policy director.
A Hartford Superior Court judge has ruled that Hartford may not remove three registrars of voters at the center of Election Day polling place delays last November.
The state Appellate Court has upheld the conviction of a man who tried to bribe a state judge in an effort to influence a grand jury investigation into his wife's disappearance.
When Arnetha Eaddy was hired as a police officer, she received great ratings during her field training.
For as long as there has been more than one law school, students probably have been transferring from the law school where they spent their first year to a school they perceived as more suitable to their needs.
Connecticut's two federally recognized Indian tribes sided Monday with the state in a dispute with an Oklahoma-based tribe and its Internet payday loan companies.
A Superior Court judge has reduced an $800,000 jury award down to $60,000 in a lawsuit brought by the family of an 80-year-old woman who fell outside her apartment house and died of hypothermia because she couldn't get up.
In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that all criminal defense attorneys must advise their noncitizen clients that they can be deported if they plead guilty to a crime.
I just saw where another lawyers was discovered never having gone to law school. Seems Kimberly Kitchens of the Pennsylvania bar kind of forgot to go to law school, but managed nevertheless to parlay her decade spent as a paralegal into a job with a Huntingdon firm where she made partner after 10 years of good work on estate and probate matters.
It was eight years ago that Chase Rogers was nominated to be Connecticut's chief justice. Since then, she has worked to increase the transparency of Judicial Branch operations, coped with the skyrocketing number of self-represented litigants and dealt with an increasingly unhappy group of critics of the state's family court system.
Webster's Dictionary defines sarcasm as "a cutting, hostile or contemptuous remark; the use of caustic or ironic language." It was probably no surprise to most, therefore, when a recent study by a University of California law professor identified Justice Antonin Scalia as the most sarcastic justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
It all started, more of less, with an old television set. But it quickly escalated into an accusation of theft, and then slander and then a $60,000 civil verdict.
It appeared to be a slam-dunk case. The alleged drunk driver had a blood-alcohol content of 0.23, nearly three times the legal limit. On top of that, there was an apparent signed confession.
Albert Dabrowski might have had a very different career had he not gotten off to an especially early start one morning in 1973.
A man paralyzed in a crash on Interstate 95 is challenging a defense verdict on grounds that jurors' decisions to the various counts in the lawsuit were inconsistent and the judge should have granted a new trial.
In the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attacks, Rupert Murdoch posted the following message on Twitter: "Maybe most Moslems peaceful, but until they recognize and destroy their growing jihadist cancer they must be held responsible."
Greenwich officials have rejected an $11,000 proposed settlement of a lawsuit with a former U.S. Senate candidate who claims the use of Town Hall for a bar mitzvah and a pro-Israel event violated the Constitution by promoting a religion.
Connecticut-based United Technologies Corp. has won an appeal of claims it overcharged the federal government for Pratt & Whitney jet engines.
I disagree with the Connecticut Supreme Court's recent decision to overturn Richard LaPointe's 1992 murder conviction, but my principal disagreement has to do with the manner in which the result was reached, as well as the tone.
A few years ago, the American Bar Association ethics solons convened something called Ethics 20/20, which followed Ethics 2000 as an attempt to examine the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and determine whether circumstances might dictate the need for changes to the existing lawyer ethics regime or new rules to respond to new technologies or business methods.
The plaintiff says he can't do anything that could be construed as worshipping anything man-made, such as an American flag, so he also declines to take part in flag-raising ceremonies at the fire station.
A man who was rear-ended while stopped in a traffic jam on Interstate 95 was recently awarded $1 million by a Hartford jury.
Thomas Ventura v. Town of East Haven: A Superior Court judge has cut in half a $12.2 million verdict against the town of East Haven in the case of a pedestrian who was badly injured after he was hit by an alleged drunken driver who had earlier been detained—and then released—by town police.
When vegetarians and other diet-conscious eaters go to the supermarket in search of healthy alternatives to meat, the optimal word is healthy. For more than a decade, a British company with U.S. headquarters in Connecticut has tried to tap into that market with meatless dinner entrees.
Defense lawyers have long maintained the innocence of Richard Lapointe, a mentally ill man convicted in 1992 of raping and killing his wife's grandmother. In numerous appeals, they claimed that overzealous police officers took advantage of the mental illness and coerced him into confessing.
After the 2008 financial meltdown, federal securities regulators took heat for their failure to discover or halt Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme. One of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's responses was to get tough on insider trading.
A Vietnam veteran who claims he has been stuck "in limbo" for years while awaiting an appeal on his benefits through the Veterans Affairs Department has filed a lawsuit that could affect thousands of other veterans.
Barcelona is a city in Spain. But it's also the name of a popular chain of upscale restaurants in Connecticut. And it's the name of one restaurant in New York state as well. And that posed a problem.
An ambulance company volunteer cannot sue for workplace discrimination without showing she received some sort of remuneration, the Connecticut Appellate Court ruled on an issue of first impression.
Norwalk is challenging a roughly $1.4 million verdict awarded to the owner of a parking lot that was taken by eminent domain when the city built its new police headquarters a decade ago.
Kathleen "Kathy" Flaherty is a Harvard-educated lawyer who has spent her career helping Connecticut's low-income residents. Most recently she was appointed executive director of the Connecticut Legal Rights Project.
Gov. Dannel Malloy recently announced a "Second Chance" initiative for criminal offenders. However, at first glance, it seems Malloy's goal is not really to reform criminals.
Several retirements and resignations have led to staff changes in Connecticut's attorney general's office.
In Connecticut, the average Joe is an at-will worker who can be fired for a good reason, a bad reason or no reason at all, as long as it's not for an illegal reason, such as age or race.
The Connecticut Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a brain-damaged man sentenced to life in prison for the 1987 killing of his wife's 88-year-old grandmother — a conviction protested by high-profile supporters including writers Arthur Miller and William Styron.
The Connecticut Bar Association has been working to improve diversity among its ranks, perhaps most notably with the recent election of biracial lawyer Karen DeMeola to serve as vice president.
'Most times, we see this [disciplinary action] for mortgage fraud or something like that,' said an assistant disciplinary counsel. 'It's an odd case where you have a lawyer convicted of a violent crime.'
It's been hard to turn on the television recently without hearing about Robert Durst, the estranged member of the wealthy New York real estate family that runs 1 World Trade Center in Manhattan.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been interpreted to ensure a right to counsel in appropriate civil cases in which basic human rights are at stake.